As I have been doing every month, it's time to look back on events of three years ago, helping to know what to expect out on the Wounded Wetlands as the seasons change from wet to dry (unless El Niño has his way). I will look for favorite memes among nearly 800 photos I processed that month-- critters of all kinds, fences, skies, reflections, and those scenes which need no description.
During November, 2015 we stayed put in south Florida. One of our favorite species had returned to spend the winter. On November 1, a male Painted Bunting posed very nicely in a Brazilian Pepper. The leaves and berries accented the many colors of his coat:
A female Painted Bunting was beautiful in her own right:
That same day I was treated to a Giant Swallowtail which paused for a sip of nectar from a Lantana blossom:
A Gulf Fritillary also enjoyed the Lantana...
...as did a Long-tailed Skipper:
Ovenbirds had recently arrived:
Black-throated Green Warblers moved though on their way to the Tropics:
Wilson's Warblers were also passing by:
An Eastern Phoebe will plan to stay here for the winter...
...along with a Ruby-throated Hummingbird...
...as will the Swamp Sparrow...
...and an American Kestrel, perched atop a Royal Palm spire:
Palm Warblers will be abundant here all winter-- some call them "Florida Sparrows:"
We had a few thunderstorms. This one was brewing in front of the morning sun:
Most mornings were still. Here the rays of the rising sun were mirrored over the lake on the opposite horizon:
Flowers fourished as the temperature moderated. Red Ixora bloomed alongside the entrance gate to our subdivision:
In the rookery, we hoped that this Black-crowned Night-Heron would nest this season:
As breeding season approaches, this Yellow-crowned Night Heron will grow plumes and take on a golden hairdo:
At nearby Markham Park, we enjoyed the visit of a wandering tanager from the Caribbean, a Western Spindalis:
The Spot-breasted Oriole was associated with the vagrant Spindalis. A new species for me, it is only found in a few selected localities:
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Linking to Misty's CAMERA CRITTERS,
Linking to Eileen's SATURDAY'S CRITTERS,
Linking to SKYWATCH FRIDAY by Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy
Linking to WEEKEND REFLECTIONS by James
Linking to BirdD'Pot by Anni
Linking to Our World Tuesday by Lady Fi
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday by Stewart
Linking to Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) by NC Sue
Linking to ALL SEASONS by Jesh
Linking to Fences Around the World by Gosia
Please visit the links to all these memes to see some excellent photos on display